The Instigator Podcast

The Instigator Podcast

A Buffalo Sabres podcast hosted by Chris and Tyler of the Buffalo blog Two in the Box. The Instigator focuses on Sabres hockey, the NHL and other Buffalo-related topics. This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/5008419/advertisement

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November 29, 2023 54 mins
The Sabres goaltending came into focus as Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has taken control of the crease in Buffalo and Devon Levi has been sent to Rochester. We talk about what it means for Levi, where he's struggled this year and how Rochester can help shape him into the goalie we saw last spring.

This week's episode also touches on the story unfolding with Corey Perry in Chicago, Pat Kane's move to Detroit and the dismissal of Dean Evanso...
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The Sabres approach Thanksgiving very much alive in the Eastern Conference playoff race, but their inconsistency on offense threatens to derail any playoff push. We dicsuss those offensive issues while also highlighting the looming decision that is coming for Zach Benson and the Sabres. Will the team opt to burn a year of his entry level contract? Or will he be sent back to the WHL in preparation for a starring role in the World Ju...
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The Sabres tough Saturday carried to Tuesday and it got worse with Tage Thompson's injury. We discuss how Buffalo's injury woes at forward have thinned their lines, and Thompson's injury exacerbates the problems. We talk about the holes in Buffalo's lineup and how it's past time for Jiri Kulich and other high-end prospects to get a look. We wrap up this week's episode with a brief conversation on the team's struggling power play an...
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Alarm bells are going off in Edmonton and we start this week's show talking about everything that seems to be ailing the Oilers. We also tie in our Oilers discussion, and their need to stay competitive with the push the Sabres will start to feel when it comes to making a big trade of their own.

We also talk about Buffalo's young stars, namely Matthew Savoie and Jiri Kulich. Savoie has arrived after his two week conditioning assignm...
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We took listener questions and ran through topics like the Shane Wright plan, expectations for Devon Levi, how Peyton Krebs and Casey Mittelstadt should be handled and line juggling as the team finds the right fit for their forwards. We open the show with a discussion on the adoption of neck guards, what might be preventing early adoption for NHL players and how a grandfathered requirement could come into play.

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It's been quite the week in the NHL. Tuesday's 16-game slate was a hit, with ESPN's Frozen Frenzy the highlight of the evening. We talk about the effort to put the night together and how we look forward to the next iteration of the NHL's version of Red Zone. We also spend time talking about the league's movement to decentralize the draft. We weigh the pros and cons of pulling most, if not all, team staff from the on-site draft and ...
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After offering a recap of Buffalo's first three games, we tackle a topic that's been circulating with Sabres fans for quite some time. Are the Sabres interested in Pat Kane and would he be a good fit with this roster? We dig into Kane's underlying stats, consider how he may look post-surgery and offer up some of the potential positives if he was indeed signed as a free agent in the coming weeks or months.

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Let's kick off the opening week of the NHL season with a listener mailbag. On this episode we'll tackle Owen Power's contract, how the Sabres should handle Matt Savoie, what a successful start to the year looks like for Zach Benson and more.

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The regular season is nearly here. With the Sabres wrapping up their preseason schedule, we try and determine what Don Granato and Kevyn Adams' final decisions will be in forming Buffalo's roster. We dicsuss the backup goaltending decision, how many defensemen the team will choose to keep and which forwards will earn the precious few spots which are available. We wrap up the show discussing where we see the Sabres finishing the sea...
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Zach Benson has been advertised and then some in the early stages of training camp and the preseason. He's had two impressive games and has looked the part of a player who could threaten for a spot in the lineup. Of course, the Sabres tight pipeline makes that a much tougher feat and we talk about just how well Benson has played, and the opportunity he has to carve out a role on this roster. Our conversation leads us to discuss Jir...
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September 20, 2023 59 mins
Somehow, Sabres training camp is upon us. While this year's camp isn't loaded with roster battles and opportunities for young players to grab spots, there is still the question of how the Sabres will fill the void left by Jack Quinn's injury. We talk about who could be in contention for the spot, how the defense corps may shake out and sprinkle in a bit about the goaltenders.

We lead into our training camp discussion with a brief c...
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The Prospect Challenge kicks off this week, which means there is (semi) meaningful Sabres hockey to discuss. We talk about some of the most notable players coming to face Buffalo's prospects and run through the Sabres' Prospects Challenge roster. We talk about which players we're most interested in watching, who we expect to shine, who has a chance to improve their stock and which players might be most likely to surprise. We also t...
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Given the game of musical chairs unfolding in college football, we felt it necessary to play our own version of the game with college hockey programs. This week's show focuses on the different avenues that could be explored to realign and expand college hockey's footprint. We discuss opportunities to further expand the Big Ten, to bring in new programs in the west and taking a deep dive into the machinations necessary for UB to add...
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Monday was a big news day as it was announced that Pegula Sports and Entertainment has been dissolved and, most notably, the Bills and Sabres will be operating as separate entities moving forward. Pegula will also now serve as president of the Sabres, a title he also holds for the Bills and at PSE prior to its dissolution. We talk about the news, what it means for the Bills and Sabres and how it has helped to fuel rumors surroundin...
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Patrice Bergeron retired from the NHL this week, ending the career of one of the most decorated and talented players of his generation. We discuss his illustrious career and the impact he had on the game over the last 20 years. We also touch on how his departure will affect the Bruins for the upcoming season and whether or not other teams in the division, most notably the Sabres, can capitalized on the changing of the guard in Bost...
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As we are in the dullest point of the hockey offseason, it felt like a good time to reset and take listener questions once again. This week's episode includes questions on the Bills and red helmets, prospect trade options, goaltending targets and analytics projections. Thanks to everyone who submitted questions for this week's show.

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One of the most significant stories in hockey this year is unfolding as the PHF was acquired by the Mark Walter Group in a step that will see professional women's hockey moove forward under a single banner. This will unify all of the best talent in one league, creating an opportunity for new growth in the women's game and an exciting outlook for the future of the new league which is set to begin play in January.

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We are back breaking down Buffalo's moves on the opening day of free agency and looking back at the Sabres' haul from the 2023 Draft. We talk about how Connor Clifton and Erik Johnson will fit on the depth chart and how the selection of Zach Benson and the rest of the 2023 draft class affects the organizational pipeline.

We also dig in to the excess bodies the Sabres have on the roster in the wake of signing Clifton and Johnson. Wi...
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Draft week is here and we dig in on some of the players we think could be targeted by the Sabres with their first round pick and their pair of second round selections. We talk through a number of topcis, including the kick off of the trade activity and whether or not we see the Sabres making a notable move ahead of Wednesday's draft. Our focus on potential draft picks was mostly on picks 13, 39 and 45, though we explore a few names...
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The Sabres handed out contract extension to Zemgus Girgensons and Lukas Rousek on June 20. We talk about the decision to re-sign both players and dig into where each of them will fit in to the Sabres roster this coming season. Our conversation follows the extensions for both players in addition to how the contracts could affect how Kevyn Adams goes about bringing in new players this summer.

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